Two Lagos Island youths, Olamilekan Kosoko, 21 and Tobi Quan, 28, who have been terrorizing Lagos Island residents have been arrested by the operatives of the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, FSARS, for alleged armed robbery.
According to the Police, the suspects on 5 November, 2016 invaded Aroloya Street in Isale-Eko, Lagos Island with Mascot and Lookman now at large, armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons to rob residents of various houses and carted away their properties.
However, luck ran out on them when they returned to the area on 6 November, 2016. On sighting them, some residents sent a distress call to the DCP in charge of FSARS, Mr. Ibrahim Kaoge, for help.
The DCP dispatched a team led by Insp. Rotimi Ola to the scene to rescue the residents from the robbers.
On sighting the police, Mascot and Lookman, now at large, according to investigations reportedly opened fire on the police and in the ensuing gun battle, the two managed to escape while Kosoko and Quan were arrested and taken to the station.
During investigation, according to the police, Quan allegedly confessed to the crime that they have robbed residents of Ebute-Metta, Ajah and Lagos Island with guns and sold the stolen properties to their receiver, Zazi Mohammed Usman.
He led the police to arrest the receiver. Quan also allegedly told the police that Mascot and Lookman are the owners of the three guns and five cutlasses they used for the operation. All the suspects were arraigned before an Igbosere magistrate court, Lagos on a four count charges of armed robbery and receiving stolen properties.
Police prosecutor, Insp. Abraham Fadipe said the offences the accused persons committed are contrary to sections 5(b) and punishable under section 1(2)9(a) of the robbery special provision act CAP 393 and (a)(b) of the robbery and firearms special provision 1 act CAP xxi, laws of the Federation of Nigeria and sections 409, 326(1) of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The plea of the accused persons was not taken and magistrate Mrs. A. T. Omoyele ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody for DPP’s advice on the matter.
She adjourned the case until 16 April, 2017 for mention.